By Jeff Mapes
The Davis Wolves dominated Coalgate 54-0 Oct. 28 and clinched the program’s 36th district championship in school history.
Davis scored touchdowns on every offensive possession except the last. The Wolves began at their 25 late in the game following a Coalgate punt and ran out the clock.
“We executed extremely well,” said Davis head coach Greg Parker. “In all three phases our kids were locked in from the beginning. We started fast, and we held it the whole time. It was a good time. It was time we do that.”
The Wolves are now 8-1 overall and 6-0 in District 2A-4. Davis will try and win the league outright this Thursday at home on Senior Night against Tishomingo.
The district title is the first for the Wolves since 2017.
“That’s a big deal,” Coach Parker said on winning the district. “It’s always a big deal. It’s a championship. That was our schedule and we won it. It’s like a tournament. It puts you in the best possible position in the playoffs.”
Davis registered 509 yards of total offense against the Wildcats, including 476 yards rushing. Twelve skilled players recorded carries throughout the game.
Fullback Lane Rawls set the tone early. He scored on a 55-yard run on the game’s first play. Levi Pullen kicked the extra point and Davis led 7-0 22 seconds into the contest.
The Wolves drove 60 yards in six plays on their next possession for the second touchdown. Luke Linville scored his first of two with 7:06 in the first on a 32-yard run. Pullen added the extra point for a 14-0 lead.
Coalgate committed four turnovers on the night, the first coming on its second series. Tyson Moss recovered a fumble at the Wildcats 20-yard line.
It took Davis two plays to cash in on the Coalgate miscue. Moss ran for nine yards to the Wildcat 11.
Lane Rawls scored his second touchdown on the next play with 5:28 in the first quarter. The Wolves led 20-0 following Pullen’s missed extra point.
Lane Rawls played in the first half only but was still the team’s leading rusher. He finished with 107 yards on eight carries and the two scores.
The longest drive of the night came on the next series. Davis started from its own seven after a long punt return was nullified due to a penalty.
The Wolves marched 93 yards in 12 plays and used 5:58 of the first half. Malaki White and quarterback Jake Parker combined for 53 yards on six carries.
Moss capped off the drive with a 42-yard touchdown run with 8:54 in the second quarter. Pullen’s extra point pushed the Wolves’ lead to 27-0.
Davis intercepted three of the Wildcats’ passes including two in the first half. Linville picked off the first at the Wolves 41 with 7:44 in the second.
The Wolves drove 59 yards in six plays. Brenden Rawls started with an 11-yard run to the Coalgate 48. White followed on the next play with a 13-yard carry to the 35.
Dalton Hefley scored his first touchdown of the season four plays later when Jake Parker hit the sophomore for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Pullen missed the extra point and Davis led 33-0 with 4:27 before halftime.
Coalgate was intercepted again on the next possession by White. He returned the pick 31 yards to the Wildcat 44. From there, it took the Wolves three plays to score the final touchdown of the half.
Jake Parker ran for 11 yards to the 33 and Lane Rawls’s final carry was a 19-yard run to the Coalgate 14.
Jake Parker threw his second touchdown pass of the half on the next play. He was 2-3 in the first half and hit Dakota Carter in the back of the endzone for the 14-yard strike. Pullen added the extra point and Davis led 40-0 at the break.
By intermission, the Wolves had 303 yards rushing and 336 total. Defensively, Davis held the Wildcats to nine yards offense.
A continuous clock was used after halftime and the Wolves’ reserved backs still posted two scores and rushed for 173 yards.
“That’s fun,” Coach Parker said referring to all the reserves that got to play. “When you play well and prepare well and you catch a few breaks, it makes it where everybody gets to play. That’s fun for everybody.”
Davis drove 51 yards in five plays on its first possession of the second half. Jaxson Bonner ran for nine yards to the Coalgate 42. Rance Digby carried for five yards to the 37 and Brenden Rawls rushed for four yards to the 33.
Linville, who quarterbacked the Wolves in the second half, scored his second touchdown on a 40-yard run in the third quarter. Pullen kicked the extra point giving Davis a 47-0 cushion.
Trey Melton intercepted a Coalgate pass on the next series at the Wolves 28. Davis marched 72 yards in eight plays for the game’s final score.
Mitchell Garrison started with a 36-yard run to the Wildcats 36. Bonner and Linville, as well as Tye Barnett and Dee Idleman, guided the Wolves to the Coalgate 11.
Digby scored his second touchdown of the year on the next play on an 11-yard run. The Wolves led 54-0 with Pullen’s extra point.
Davis will honor 25 seniors including football players, cheerleaders, band members, and Media class students. Senior Night activities will start at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Kickoff is set for 7:30.
“They (Tishomingo) started out the season they were very much improved,” Coach Parker said of the Indians. “They’re playing harder than I’ve seen them play in years.”
“It’s an important game for us,” Coach Parker continued. “You want to be your sharpest going into the tournament. It’s a big game and a big week of practice. It’s kind of a last rehearsal before the playoffs.”
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 20 20 7 7 – 54
Coalgate 0 0 0 0 – 0
D – L. Rawls 55 run (Pullen kick)
D – Linville 32 run (Pullen kick)
D – L. Rawls 11 run (kick failed)
D – Moss 42 run (Pullen kick)
D – Hefley 19 pass from J. Parker (kick failed)
D – Carter 14 pass from J. Parker (Pullen kick)
D – Linville 40 run (Pullen kick)
D – Digby 11 run (Pullen kick)
17 First Downs 2
509 Total Yds -12
22:46 Time of Poss 25:14
42-476 Rushes-yds. 14-(-23)
2/4/0 Passing Yards 4/16/3
0 Turnovers 4
3-25 Penalties-yds. 2-15
Rushing- Lane Rawls 8-107 2TD, Luke Linville 4-76 2TD, Malaki White 6-52, Tyson Moss 3-51 1TD, Jake Parker 6-49, Mitchell Garrison 1-36, Jaxson Bonner 3-30, Dee Idleman 4-22, Maverick Alexander 2-18, Rance Digby 2-16 1TD, Brenden Rawls 2-15, Tye Barnett 1-4.
Passing- J. Parker 2/3/0-33 2TD, Linville 0/1/0.
Receiving- Dalton Hefley 1-19 1TD, Dakota Carter 1-14 1TD.
WHAT’S THE GAME PLAN? WIN! Lane Rawls and Dalton Hefley find themselves in the end zone after an impressive touch down run made by Hefley againts Coalgate.